- the handle of a sword or dagger.
- the handle of any weapon or tool.
- to furnish with a hilt.
- to the hilt, to the maximum extent or degree; completely; fully: to play the role to the hilt.Also up to the hilt.
Origin of hilt
Examples from the Web for hilt
The premise of the sketch was that sex was too spontaneous to be regulated, and the quiz show played that idea to the hilt.How Antioch College Got Rape Right 20 Years Ago
December 10, 2014
He played affirmative action to the hilt and took full advantage of it.Herman Cain Used the Affirmative Action He Decries to Advance.
Wayne Barrett, Andy Ross
December 2, 2011
"He had enthusiasm to the hilt," said his niece, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.Sargent Shriver's America
January 18, 2011
I've read of precious stones in the hilt of a pirate's sword!Weighed and Wanting
Siegmund saw it, and, springing forward, he grasped its hilt.Opera Stories from Wagner
He would not have it in the scabbard, and when I laid it naked in his hand he kissed the hilt.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
The mingled feeling with which she spoke of him proved it to the hilt.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
If I could have mistaken the hilt, I could not mistake the split sheath.Wilfrid Cumbermede
- the handle or shaft of a sword, dagger, etc
- to the hilt to the full
- (tr) to supply with a hilt
Word Origin and History for hilt
Old English hilt "hilt, handle of a sword or dagger," from Proto-Germanic *helt (cf. Old Norse hjalt, Old High German helza "hilt," Old Saxon helta "oar handle"), perhaps from PIE *kel- "to strike." Formerly also used in plural in same sense as singular.
Idioms and Phrases with hilt
see to the hilt.